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ZEHRA NAQVI
I had opened Sunny Day Care in A-657, Bloch -H- North Nazimabad in 1982. the first baby in our center was Zehra Naqvi. Her father Mr.Naqvi worked in a pharmaceutical company and her mother was a bio-chemist in Cardio vascular Hospital Karachi. Zehra stayed with us for 3 years. She was an adorable baby. We loved and care her as our won child. Then the family moved to USA. Now few days back I came to know that her father is back here and looking for us. My son Bilal tried to locate their house in Block.-N- but since its been long time so he failed to find. We all are very excited and inquisitive to meet them too. If, Zehra, Ahsan (her borther) or her Erum her sister sees this kindly contact on face book. then after that we can invite them.

— with Zehra Naqvi.

ZEHRA NAQVI
I had opened Sunny Day Care in A-657, Bloch -H- North Nazimabad in 1982. the first baby in our center was Zehra Naqvi. Her father Mr.Naqvi worked in a pharmaceutical company and her mother was a bio-chemist in Cardio vascular Hospital Karachi. Zehra stayed with us for 3 years. She was an adorable baby. We loved and care her as our won child. Then the family moved to USA. Now few days back I came to know that her father is back here and looking for us. My son Bilal tried to locate their house in Block.-N- but since its been long time so he failed to find. We all are very excited and inquisitive to meet them too. If, Zehra, Ahsan (her borther) or her Erum  her sister sees this kindly contact on face book. then after that we can invite them.

Please support this family. Tara used to babysit my niece Michelle Syed’s kids a long time ago in North Reading Boston. Mr. Stephens deserves to be home with his family.

Our father’s name is Edward Stephens. He served in the army from June 1967 to December 1969. He was in Vietnam in communications from December of 1967 to December of 1968. He married our mom in 1980 and had five children…
Our father’s name is Edward Stephens. He served in the army from June 1967 to December 1969. He was in Vietnam in communications from December of 1967 to December of 1968. He married our mom in 1980 and had five children between the years of 1984 and 1995. He was an active member of the North Reading community. He campaigned for Brad Jones, ran for school committee, was an active parent in every aspect, coached every sport for each child, ran a dunk tank for fourth of July celebration, the list goes on. In 1995 he was told he had unusual white matter brain changes. In 2000 he had a brain aneurysm. In 2004, 2007, and 2013 he suffered strokes. The one in 2007 left him with left side paralysis. He has had many seizures, has 11 stents in his body, suffers from kidney disease, neuropathy, PTSD, and is now confined to a wheelchair thanks to agent orange. His ischemic heart disease has lead the VA to label him one hundred percent disabled.

He has spent the last ten months in Wilmington Healthcare Center. He was able to come home six months ago, but cannot due to the fact that there is no handicapped accessibility to our home. Also, interior modifications need to be done. We need our deck to be rebuilt, and an outside chairlift to be installed.

We have spent every waking hour going back and forth with the VA  trying to get the funding we need to bring him home and have been denied multiple times. The holidays are coming and we want nothing more than to spend them in our parents home with our father. We are asking for your help because the government has failed to provide for a veteran. With Thanksgiving only a month away, we have no other option but to turn to the community for help in order to get him home in time. We still continue our battle with the government but the most important thing to us and to him is for him to spend the rest of his life in the comfort of his own home surrounded by family.

Please help us bring our father of 5, grandfather of 2, loving husband and Vietnam vet home for the holidays. He fought for all of us and now we are fighting for him.

WE LOVE YOU DAD!!!

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Hazrat David (peace is upon him) the Messenger of Allah was the King of Israel. His son Hazrat Solomon (peace is upon him) inherited his father’s kingdom and prophet hood as well.

Al mighty Allah gave Hazrat Solomon a very vast kingdom, giving the power to rule upon humans, animals, birds, pests, and also the Jinn. He could understand the languages of them all. He had control over wind as well.

Whenever he wanted to go to some place he just ordered the wind.

The wind carried him to the distant place on his throne within few hours.

On the other hand a horse would cover the same distance in one month’s time.

One day Hazrat Solomon (peace is upon him) was having a meeting with his huge courtiers. All the humans, animals, Jinns were there according to their status. But the woodpecker was not seen anywhere.

Solomon got unhappy on its absence from the court.

Hazrat Solomon: “I can’t see the woodpecker. It never happened before. I can’t tolerate this careless attitude. Does anybody know where it is?”

There was complete silence in the court.

Solomon angrily: “You all know that I dislike non serious attitude. Why is woodpecker missing? He will be punished if he doesn’t have a solid reason.”

When Hazrat Solomon saw the woodpecker entering the court he asked.

Hazrat Solomon angrily: “Where have you been? I just do not like this irresponsible attitude.”

The woodpecker got scared of the King.

The woodpecker fearfully: “I am sorry for being late; I beg your pardon my Lord!

But I have very surprising news for you. I got late for that reason.”

Hazrat Solomon “Well, tell me the news first then I will decide to punish you or not.”

(The woodpecker was in charge of searching water when they traveled to faraway places. It used to inform the location of water. It also informed them the deepness of earth where water could be found.

Hazrat Solomon then only used to order the Jinns to dig the ground. Woodpecker’s information was always right.

Thus the water used to be plenty enough to satisfy Hazrat Solomon’s traveling group.)

The woodpecker: “I was flying in search of water in advance so that whenever we go; there would be no problem of water.

While flying over Yemen I saw a Queen Bilquis of Saba in Yemen. Allah has given her all the rewards and benefits of this world. There’s no missing of anything what so ever. Her palace is magnificent and enormous. Her throne is excellent. But she and her countrymen are misguided by Satan.  Instead of believing in oneness of Allah they worship the Sun.”

Hazrat Solomon heard very carefully to the woodpecker’s story.

Hazrat Solomon: “I am giving you a letter for the Queen. Go and give it to her. And let me know the result. This is your test.”

The woodpecker flew to Yemen with the letter in its beak.  Dropping the letter in the Queen’s lap the woodpecker returned.

Queen Bilquis read the letter that said: “You should not be bigheaded of your wealth and status. Come to me with the faith in one Allah only.”

The Queen read the letter and asked for advice from her wise counselors.

The Queen and her counselors decided to please the king Solomon with valuable gifts. So she sent a convoy with valuable gifts to Solomon.

Hazrat Solomon returned the convoy with the gifts and message for the Queen.

Hazrat Solomon wrote; “I do not need any gift. I offered you to believe in oneness of Allah and to worship Almighty Allah only.”

If you accept this invitation its fine otherwise I will invade your country with my tough and huge defense force. I will send you away from your country. There will be no one to save you then.”

When the Queen’s convoy came back from Hazrat Solomon’s court they described Solomon’s majestic court and powerful kingdom.

The Queen was impressed to know that he ruled not only the humans but animals and wind too. So she thought that it was foolish to fight such a powerful king.

She decided to visit Solomon herself. She found the same what she was told by her convoy.

Hazrat Solomon greeted her with respect and asked her again to trust and believe in oneness of Allah and worship Him only.

Queen Bilquis happily agreed and accepted his invitation.

Queen Bilquis: “O Allah! Until now I was worshiping the Sun.  It is the thing you created. I was mistaken. Now I accept Hazrat Solomon’s invitation. I confess that it is only Allah who is the Creator of this universe and He is to be praised and worshiped only.”

The woodpecker is mentioned in holy Quran in Surah Nimal.

Moral: to get the most rewards and blessings in this world n hereafter one must believe in almighty Allah n worship Him only. All praise is for Allah. He is the Creator of this universe.

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Yunus Emre is considered by many to be one of the most important Turkish poets. Little can be said for certain of his life other than that he was a Sufi dervish of Anatolia. The love people have for his liberating poetry is reflected in the fact that many villages claim to be his birthplace, and many others claim to hold his tomb. He probably lived in the Karaman area.

His poetry expresses a deep personal mysticism and humanism and love for God.

He was a contemporary of Rumi, who lived in the same region. Rumi composed his collection of stories and songs for a well-educated urban circle of Sufis, writing primarily in the literary language of Persian. Yunus Emre, on the other hand, traveled and taught among the rural poor, singing his songs in the Turkish language of the common people.

A story is told of a meeting between the two great souls: Rumi asked Yunus Emre what he thought of his great work the Mathnawi. Yunus Emre said, “Excellent, excellent! But I would have done it differently.” Surprised, Rumi asked how. Yunus replied, “I would have written, ‘I came from the eternal, clothed myself in flesh, and took the name Yunus.'” That story perfectly illustrates Yunus Emre’s simple, direct approach that has made him so beloved.

A single word can brighten the face

by Yunus Emre

English version by Kabir Helminski & Refik Algan
Original Language Turkish

A single word can brighten the face
of one who knows the value of words.
Ripened in silence, a single word
acquires a great energy for work.

War is cut short by a word,
and a word heals the wounds,
and there’s a word that changes
poison into butter and honey.

Let a word mature inside yourself.
Withhold the unripened thought.
Come and understand the kind of word
that reduces money and riches to dust.

Know when to speak a word
and when not to speak at all.
A single word turns the universe of hell
into eight paradises.

Follow the Way. Don’t be fooled
by what you already know. Be watchful.
Reflect before you speak.
A foolish mouth can brand your soul.

Yunus, say one last thing
about the power of words —
Only the word “I”
divides me from God.

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Have you ever wondered why men wear ties? Why this was includedas part of dress?

Neckties can be taken as decorative accessary. Men around the world love wearing them, though neither it keeps warm or dry nor adds comfort to the wearer.

most people have the same opinion that wearing of necktie started in the 17th century. The Croatian mercenaries hired by King Louis X111 wore a pice of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. It had a decorative effect too. King Louis liked it very much. Thus he made neckties mandatory accessories for Royal gatherings. To honor the Croatian soldiers the King gave this neck tie the name ‘La Cravate” the name for necktie in French to this day.

The tie as we see and know today didn’t become known  until 1920s. Many changes took place in designs and styles accroding to fashion and need.

Today, ties are availble in many widths, cuts and  patternsand fabric. It is about personal choice of the man who wears it according to his society and gatherings. However the standard width of the necktie is still in the 3.25-3.5 inch range. Many designers offer narrow ties too that about 275-3 inches wide. Besides the width, unique fabrics, weaves and patterns introduced as well.

Knitted ties became popular in 2011 and 2012 with bold florals and  paisleys (Paisley or Paisley pattern is a term in English for a design using the boteh or buta, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin. Paisley is a town in West Scotland, centre of textiles)

This design is still in fashion and demand.

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Like millions of other pilgrims an old blind Sudanese lady Fatima, also headed for pilgrimage with her son to Makah to perform Hajj this year i.e. 2014.

She lost her eyesight seven years back. She got medication and went through several operations to get back her vision but it didn’t work.

Fatima had full conviction that she will get her sight back if she goes for Hajj and prays in holy Ka’aba. Hence, after performing Hajj she was sitting in front of the holy Ka’aba beseeching earnestly, Almighty Allah from the core of heart, to give back her sight. She prayed uncontrollably with eyes closed and tears rolling down.

One day she was again sitting and praying with her eyes closed. When she completed her prayers she opened her eyes and just couldn’t believe! She could see! She could clearly see everything. It was true! She could see. She saw her son after seven years! She at once supplicated thanking almighty for realizing her prayer.

Fatima can move freely without anyone’s help or guidance. She’s more than gratified for the miracle that happened to her personally

Belief, faith, undoubted conviction and sustained reliance on the Creator and humble prayers do work. Allah is most kind and beneficial. All praise is to HIM

May we all be forgiven and our prayers also answered. Amen

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Every day passes before me as if

I am nothing, just nobody

At times sings, at times he bemoans

Grumbling or banging his head at times

Yelling as if the whole world is deaf

Often I think about him

He is insane even though

He has a world of his own!

In his world, his life, his utopia,

Joys and sorrows are his,

Grief and relief are his own

His loneliness is his harmony;

This lunatic is better than me,

I have been prudent and sensible

I’m all alone amid friends!

وہ پاگل،

روز میرے سامنے سے یوں گزرتا ہے

کہ جیسے میں نہیں کچھ بھی

کبھی ہنستا، کبھی روتا

کبھی وہ سر جھٹکتا،بڑ بڑ اتا

چیختا
جیسے زمانہ سارا بہرہ ہو ۔۔

میں اکثر سوچتی ہوں دیکھکر اسکو

کہ یہ پاگل تو ہے

لیکن

الگ اک اسکی دنیا ہے

جہاں پر “کل” ہے یہ اپنا/

ہے اسکی سوچ اپنی، آگہی اپنی

خوشی بھی اسکی اپنی/

غم بھی اپنا،بندگی اپنی

ہمیشہ تنہا رہ کر بھی

ہے خلوت انجمن اسکی

یہ پاگل مجھ سے بہتر ہے

کہ میں ذی ہوش ہو کر بھی

بھری محفل میں تنہا ہوں ۔۔

رضیہ سبحان

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There are fewer treats out there more familiar than the Oreo. Since the National Biscuit Company (today Nabisco) created it in 1912, it’s become one of the top-selling cookies in the world. But there’s likely plenty you don’t know about it, and this Buzzfeed video is here to set you straight.

Particularly intriguing is the design stamped into every Oreo cookie: The current version, settled upon in 1952, features the word “OREO” in a circle topped with a two-bar cross. The design also contains exactly 12 flowers, 12 dots and 12 dashes.But what does it mean?

The Atlantic reasons that the circle and cross around the word “OREO” is a variation on the Nabisco logo, which is either “an early European symbol for quality” or a Cross of Lorraine, an emblem used by the Knights Templar during the Crusades. The dots and flowers might be a rendering of four-leaf clovers or a cross pattée, another symbol favored by the Knights Templar.

The design’s inventor may have been William A. Turnier, a one-time Nabisco mail boy who ascended the corporate ranks. Nabisco won’t confirm or deny Turnier’s role in giving the Oreo its good looks, telling the New York Times in 2011 only that a man by that name worked for the company as a “design engineer” at that time.

Whip these factoids out the next time you’re scarfing down Oreos with pals, and let us know if the knowledge makes ‘em taste better.

There are fewer treats out there more familiar than the Oreo. Since the National Biscuit Company (today Nabisco) created it in 1912, it’s become one of the top-selling cookies in the world. But there’s likely plenty you don’t know about it, and this Buzzfeed video is here to set you straight.

Particularly intriguing is the design stamped into every Oreo cookie: The current version, settled upon in 1952, features the word “OREO” in a circle topped with a two-bar cross. The design also contains exactly 12 flowers, 12 dots and 12 dashes.But what does it mean?

The Atlantic reasons that the circle and cross around the word “OREO” is a variation on the Nabisco logo, which is either “an early European symbol for quality” or a Cross of Lorraine, an emblem used by the Knights Templar during the Crusades. The dots and flowers might be a rendering of four-leaf clovers or a cross pattée, another symbol favored by the Knights Templar.

The design’s inventor may have been William A. Turnier, a one-time Nabisco mail boy who ascended the corporate ranks. Nabisco won’t confirm or deny Turnier’s role in giving the Oreo its good looks, telling the New York Times in 2011 only that a man by that name worked for the company as a “design engineer” at that time.

Whip these factoids out the next time you’re scarfing down Oreos with pals, and let us know if the knowledge makes ‘em taste better.

(TAKEN FROM YAHOO)

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How true that fishes are trapped as soon as they open their mouth,

Animals are trapped by their feet and

Human beings are trapped by the words they utter

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Many years have passed but its fresh like roses in my mind.

Sabir sahib the bank manager sold his house and shifted to Defense. The house was adjacent to our home. The new people who bought were very civilized and nice people. Two brothers their families lived with their old parents. They would attend every delight and sorrow in the  neighborhood earnestly. The family became like relatives in the neighborhood.

After some time we came to know that the grandmother was not their real grandmother. Actually when the real one passed away , the grandpa felt depressed and lonely. So their children married their grandpa to a nice widow. They lived happily. After some years the grandpa died. Grandma was left to mourn alone. Hence to kill her loneliness they married her to one old widower. Remarrying their grandparents took place three times.

Eventually it was stopped as both grandparents fell ill one after the other and passed away.

Though it sounds unbelievable but we are witness to it. Hats off to the children who felt the sting of loneliness and remarried their grand parents. Every one took great care of them, though they were not real or genuinely related to anyone in the house.

A noble and kind example was set.


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